Doc Rivers gives somber update on Joel Embiid after 76ers lost 2-0 to Heat

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doc Rivers has shown little confidence in Joel Embiid’s return this season.

The 76ers dropped Game 2 to the Miami Heat, 119-103, making even more clear how much Joel Embiid’s absence affects the team. Ever since he got injured, the 76ers haven’t been the same.

They’ve boated against the heat in the last two games, which shouldn’t happen. This team is not the same and without Embiid there is no motivation in this team.

Head coach Doc Rivers didn’t seem confident his star player would return any time soon.

Embiid suffered a right socket fracture and a minor concussion against the Raptors last Friday, and it’s been like Philly’s been deflated ever since.

When he’s on the court, it makes all the difference, and without him, the 76ers could be swept against the Heat.

Joel Embiid injury update: Doc Rivers sounds cautious about the 76ers star’s return

What does Rivers mean by not believing Embiid has released any of the necessary steps? Does this river say the injury is worse than reports suggest? Does this mean that Embiid isn’t completely outside of the concussion protocol?

Regardless of what Rivers means by that vague quote, he seems beaten, and it’s like he knows the 76ers don’t stand a chance without Embidd.

Embiid has been such a force for the 76ers this year and it’s heartbreaking to see him go down with an injury right now during the playoffs, but was he the identity of the entire team?

Is there no one who can call the troops together in his absence? At the moment the answer is no. So if Embidd can’t get back on the court for Game 3 or 4, expect the 76ers to be eliminated.

Even if Embiid can’t return, why not let him come into the dressing room and motivate his teammates? They should want to win for him, so they’re still fighting for an NBA championship once he can return. Doc Rivers gives somber update on Joel Embiid after 76ers lost 2-0 to Heat

John Verrall

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